Australia is closed-sorry….

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Australia has now been closed to anybody who is not an Australian citizen. Hopefully, in a few months’ time we will open our borders and Australia can welcome both people and shorebirds back to our continent. Keep safe everyone…… The post Australia is closed-sorry… appeared first on 10,000 Birds. The header photo above is what is normal in Broome in mid-March in the middle of the afternoon on Cable Beach.

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Tufted Duck in Australia

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The above photo of a Tufted Duck was not taken here in Australia, but in Europe by myself. However, there have been a lot of photos taken of the Tufted Duck that is currently in Australia. It is very disappointing that this Tufted Duck overshot the north of Australia and ended up at the Western Treatment Plant at Werribee, which is 30 kilometres/19 miles west of Melbourne. With the current heat wave across Australia it has become harder to observe the Tufted Duck.

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Garganey in Australia

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Last week I mentioned the Tufted Duck that had suddenly appeared in Australia and it is not the only vagrant duck to have chosen to reside in Australia at the moment. With so much of the environment in Australia that is inaccessible at any time of year it does beg the question as to how many different bird species do arrive and then leave and never get observed! The first record of the Eurasian Hoopoe in Australia was well documented in 2011.

Eastern Curlew in Australia

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Over recent decades there has been a sharp decline in the population of Eastern Curlew visiting Australia during their non-breeding months each year. The Eastern Curlew is the largest of the migratory shorebirds to visit Australia and really can’t be mistaken for any other species. The post Eastern Curlew in Australia appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birding Australia Broome Eastern Curlew

Brown Quail in Australia

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There is a lot of variation in the plumage of Brown Quail throughout Australia, but the female bird is generally paler than the male. The post Brown Quail in Australia appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birding Broome Brown Quail Western AustraliaBrown Quail- Coturnix ypsilophera are a species of birds that we do often encounter around Broome, but rarely get a chance to photograph. Brown Quail sometimes just squat in the grass and you would not even know they are in the area.

Northern Australia birding

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By the time we had reached Wyndham in the north of Western Australia we had encountered Gouldian Finches , but it was not until we were at a small billabong between Wyndham and Kununurra that I was able to photograph them. There are Apostlebirds in the northern part of the Northern Territory isolated from the main population down the east coast of Australia. Although they are distributed across the north of Australia and down the east coast they are easily overlooked!

Sarus Cranes in Australia

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On our recent trip across the north of Australia we were lucky enough to encounter several Sarus Cranes- Grus antigone , which are incredibly tall and elegant birds. The Sarus Cranes were easily observed from the highway and although the field guides for Australia indicated we were in the right location for observing Sarus Cranes we had not been certain that we would encounter any or least of all so many! Birding Australia Sarus Cranes

Grey-headed Lapwing in Australia

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Our plan was to head north for a few days and observe the concentrated bird-life around the remaining ephemeral lakes and observe some of the birds that had arrived in the north of Australia over the past few weeks. As with our trip to Saltfleetby in the UK , where we checked online first to see if any bird of interest was about and discovered there was a Long-billed Dowitcher to keep an eye out for, we checked the Western Australia Unusual Bird Sightings website.

Palm Springs, Western Australia

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This year we did the same, but this time it was Palm Springs, Western Australia! This track will lead you to the Halls Creek Poo Ponds and these are by far the best Poo Ponds in the north of Western Australia! Trips Australia We visited Palm Springs, California towards the end of 1989 and we camped and looked for birds. On our trip to Kununurra and Keep River National Park in August we took a detour when we reached Halls Creek.

Meet the Frogmouth, Australia’s Weirdest Bird

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With an unsettling glare and tree-like camouflage, what’s not to love about frogmouths? Birds & Birding Asia Pacific Birds Outdoor Rec Traveling Naturalist Weird Nature

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Feral Cats In Australia

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and with an estimated 15 million feral cats in Australia, billions of native. How many small creatures can a single feral cat eat in a day? A lot it turns out. - creatures are probably being devoured each year

Fairy Pitta in Australia-a sad story

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As keen birdwatchers, who just happened to have found the Night Parrots in Western Australia, they were keen to look for the Fairy Pitta at first light the next day. This was only to be the second record for Australia. It was still only about 6:30am and we don’t know where it spent the previous night, but in their natural environment away from Australia they do roost in the trees. Australia-wide there is a huge problem with cats taking animals and birds.

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Week Fourteen: The Center of Australia, and Sydney Part #1

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This week finds us flying from Melbourne, Australia, to Alice Springs, in the center of this incredibly large country. This is truly the center if Australia, no matter what method you use to decided the actual location of dead center. But the diversity, that I have found to be Australia, remains. I am sure the tormented scream was heard thru out much of central Australia. To me, no bird is more iconic to Australia, than the Laughing Kookaburra.

Birding Sydney, Australia

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Contrary to what many people believe, Sydney is not the capital of Australia, and even calling it the premier city in the country might elicit angry complaints from the inhabitants of Melbourne. But it is the first and oldest city in Australia, and arguably the most scenic, sprawling (and it certainly does sprawl) around a series of attractive bays and harbors. It is also a fantastic place to watch birds, and to get an introduction to birding in Australia.

Invasive species in Australia

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In Australia we definitely have our fair share of invasive species and the main problem is that we are such a huge land mass with such a small population. The population of Australia is concentrated mainly around the city areas along the coast and many invasive species have been able to spread with ease. European Red Foxes were brought into Australia in the 1850′s for recreational hunting and soon spread rapidly.

Temminck’s Stint in Australia

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Since we returned from Melbourne in May we have spent a lot of time in remote parts of northern Australia enjoying the bird-life. In recent weeks we have pondered over the fact that it is almost twenty years since we had a “first for Australia” and that was a Blue and White Flycatcher on 5th December 1995. Our latest trip this weekend found us two metres from a small shorebird that immediately struck us as a shorebird that we do not see in Australia.

Australia’s extinct and threatened bird species

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Australia is a vast country with a very small human population, which mostly clings to the edge of the continent. Even the first explorers to Australia documented there was a risk of extinction of birds and animals into the future and subsequently decided to collect as many specimens as possible! Handbook to The Birds of Australia, 1865. It is rather sobering to read the list of extinct, threatened and near threatened birds in Australia and realise just how many there are.

Dam Boarding in Australia

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Click here to view the embedded video. As illegal, stupid or dangerous as this may be, what we’re deeming ‘dam boarding’ looks like a lot of fun. Via: Paul Fisher on Vimeo ] Related posts: What Motivates Someone (Like Dean Potter) to Highline Without a Harness. The Image of Surfing–Fiberglass and Megapixels. Andy Immler Makes History With World Record Descent by Dingy

Midsummer in northern Australia

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Throw in the completely different climate we are experiencing in northern Australia and we seem to be absolutely worlds apart… but are we?! Weeping Mistletoe Amyema pendula in a Eucalypt tree We even have a Mistletoebird , which is present all over Australia and has a red breast, but I have been unable to get a photograph for this post myself. Asides Australia Broome

In Search of Australia’s Amazing Rainbow Finch

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The conservation story behind Australia’s most colorful finch. Birds & Birding From the Field Wildlife Asia Pacific Birds Conservation Science Fire Indigenous Peoples TNC Science Traveling Naturalist

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Proposal for the National Bird of Australia

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The irredeemably awful and generally terrible government of Tony Abbott is flailing around and one by-election away from open war on itself, and perhaps could use a distraction to take Australia’s minds off its stances on Syrian refugees, gay marriage and war on clean energy. It turns out that Australia has no official national bird (but we do have an official gemstone), and this is exactly the type of issue that can unite the fractured nation.

Grey Butcherbirds ??? Australia???s Shrikes

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Latham first described Grey Butcherbirds in 1801, like most people of the age he assumed Australia’s birds should be seen in the context of Old World birds and placed them with the birds he thought they most closely resembled, the shrikes of the genus Lanius.I’m Butcherbirds, like their relatives, are popular birds in Australia, their marcarbe feeding habits notwithstanding. When J.

Spinifex Pigeons in Western Australia

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In Western Australia we have two races of the Spinifex Pigeon Geophaps plumifera , but neither are found in Broome. Birding Australia Karratha pigeons TripsOne race lives to the north- Geophaps plumifera plumifera and the other race lives to the south- Geophaps plumifera ferrugines. They both live in rocky areas and amongst what is traditionally called Spinifex grass.

"Australia’s PM Takes on Carbon Tax"

Environmental Economics

A nameless RFF staff member: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot revealed a draft bill last week that would repeal the country’s controversial carbon tax. The current per-ton tax, introduced by previous PM Julia Gillard , began as a fixed-price emissions scheme that would switch to market trading in 2015. Abbot’s alternative plan , which pays companies that keep pollution below a set standard, is viewed by many as “ a less efficient way of cutting emissions.”. via

Ghost Bat: Meet Australia’s False Vampire

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The pale bat with a soft but deadly embrace. Wildlife Asia Pacific Bats

What we can learn about renewable energy from Australia

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With a bounty of sun, the giant island nation and continent of Australia is landlocked. Like any island nation that is restricted from movement because of political or territorial disputes, nations like Australia, Switzerland or Israel learn that they need to be self-sufficient and fend for themselves. . They have set the model for the western world on how it can be done –– until Australia came speeding by. Consider Australia’s Cyxtera. Go Australia!

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RFF: Carbon tax impact in Australia

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Check this out, mate: New data released last week by the Australian government show that electricity emissions have dropped 7.6 percent since the introduction of a carbon tax in July 2012. Experts suggest that a greater emissions impact could be achieved if businesses believed that carbon pricing “was here to stay” and current carbon prices were increased.

A Little Tern flagged in Taiwan visits Australia

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Of course there has been a good reason for this, especially when we discovered the first Temminck’s Stint to ever be observed in Australia! It is a lot less common to observe shorebirds from other areas in the flyway, but as the shorebirds return from the north we do observe shorebirds marked in Victoria and South Australia when they drop by to rest before crossing Australia to their original banding site. Birding Australia Broome Little Tern

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Birding across the north of Australia in July

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In Australia it is winter in July, but the weather is as perfect as you could hope for in the north of the country with daytime temperatures around 30c/86f and the night-time temperatures being around 20c/68f and rarely a cloud in the sky. These temperatures make for perfect birding/camping weather and because that is one of our favourite pastimes we decided it was time to go and explore a bit more of northern Australia during July. Birding Australia

Australia’s First Utility-Scale Solar Plant

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With production up to 10 megawatts, the new Greenough River Solar Farm will be the biggest operating solar plant in Australia. A seawater desalination plant in Western Australia that is currently being expanded. Government / Industry australia desalination plant solar power australiaWhat will all that energy be used for?

River Pollution Threatens Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

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Coral bleaching dominates headlines about Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, but perhaps the most dangerous threat lurks on land, far away from the reef itself. From the Field Asia Pacific Conservation Science Coral Reefs Forests TNC Science

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TripAdvisor’s Green Leaders now in Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Caribbean

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| Green Travel News | Two years after the initial launch of TripAdvisor’s GreenLeaders program, it’s now gone under into Australia and New Zealand, reports Green Lodging News. Argentina Auckland Australia Belize Brazil Canada Caribbean Central America Chile Costa Rica Ecuador Green Travel News Guatemala Mexico New Zealand North America Peru South America The Americas Uruguay Venezuela TripAdvisor GreenLeaders world's largest green hotel program

Sustainable Flowers From Australia, New York, California, & London

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Australia-based Flowers for Everyone designed this arrangement using seasonal native flowers and foliage. Flowers for Everyone own ‘bricks and mortar’ florist shops sprinkled throughout Australia (they have several locations in Sydney, including the CBD). The post Sustainable Flowers From Australia, New York, California, & London appeared first on Eco-Chick.

Sea Snakes of Northern Australia

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Reptiles / Sea Snakes of Northern Australia Sea Snakes of Northern Australia By Clare M • March 13, 2011 • 8 comments Tweet Share A little bird told me this week that you are all rather interested in the sea snakes that we come across on the beaches here whilst observing shorebirds. I loved your post, I have to visit Australia someday.

Big, Bold & Blue: Lessons from Australia’s Marine Protected Areas

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Australia has one the largest systems of marine protected areas in the world, from the coral-covered Great Barrier Reef to the sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island. The book — Big, Bold & Blue: Lessons from Australia’s Marine Protected Areas — gathers lessons learned from academia, government, NGOs, indigenous communities, and the fishing sector. Director of Conservation, TNC Australia. Q: So tell about the history of marine protected areas, or MPAs, in Australia?

Desypher crushes stereotypes with exquisite Islamic Museum of Australia

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But it’s not hyperbole to say that Desypher’s architectural expression vis-à-vis the Islamic Museum of Australia is unparalleled in any contemporary Islamic architecture I’ve come across. “When designing the Islamic Museum of Australia, we were adamant to resist the temptation to assemble a shallow interpretation of iconic Islamic symbols and plonk it on the banks of the Merri Creek,” writes Desypher on their website.

Spiders Falling From the Sky In Australia


Millions of baby spiders appear to be raining from the sky in Australia. The tiny spiders from the sky have been falling in the country’s Read More The post Spiders Falling From the Sky In Australia appeared first on Ecorazzi. It’s an arachnophobe’s worst nightmare. Environment News Top News

Oh! How Beautiful Australia’s Brumbies Are!

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The first reported runaway horse was in 1804—now there are approximately 400,000 feral horses roaming Australia. Others, like Peter Cochran , believe that the brumby is now a part of the ecology and cultural history of Australia and the High Country and think that brumbies should be allowed to stay—and that inhumane killing (like aerial shooting campaigns) of the brumby shouldn’t be allowed. How Beautiful Australia’s Brumbies Are!

Australia’s Oldest Man Knits Sweaters For Penguins In Need


Alfie Date’s inability to say “no” to favours and his ability to knit sweaters has helped saved the lives of penguins in Australia. Date, at 109-years-old, is Australia’s oldest man, Read More The post Australia’s Oldest Man Knits Sweaters For Penguins In Need appeared first on Ecorazzi.

Spotted Whistling Ducks at Australia’s Wonga Beach

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Birders across Australia are excited about reports of a flock of 23 Spotted Whistling Ducks just north of Cairns in a pond in Wonga Beach. The birds have historically been found from the Philippines south through central Indonesia to Papua New Guinea though they recently colonized remote parts of the west coast of Australia’s Cape York peninsula. Asides Australia

A Terek Sandpiper flagged in Japan visits Australia

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There it stood on top of a rock as if it was waiting for us to come along and admire it and tell the world that it had come to Australia during its non-breeding cycle of the year! Birding Australia Broome shorebird banding Terek SandpiperI had only just written about the observation of a Little Tern flagged in Taiwan last week when another flagged bird from overseas placed itself in our path!

Australia Animal Dance Party!

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From a groundbreaking conservation partnership in Fish River Station , to protecting Australia’s biggest land reserve in Southern Tanami , The Nature Conservancy has been hard at work protecting Australia’s beautiful lands. Head over to our Australia site and see more adorable images of dancing animals! ».

Measuring the Impact of Feral Camels in Australia’s Martu Desert

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Waterholes are scattered through Australia’s Western Desert like islands in a sea of sand. These dromedaries are just three of more than 300,000 feral camels in arid Australia — the largest population of feral camels in the world. Imported in the late 1800s to help immigrants access Australia’s arid interior, camels are now a major presence on the landscape and a threat to the desert ecosystem.